Nothing earth shattering to report out of Zips practice today as the players continued to work out in helmets and shells only. Anybody else out there like me who can’t wait for the pads to go on?
Personally, I think the coaches are just getting a feel for who they want to see where and with which team and a serious depth chart will be forthcoming by the end of next week. Zips Nation has been brimming with excitement and enthusiasm since coach Terry Bowden was hired. Just don’t expect miracles right away.
Just as an aside related to the first game of the season against the University of Central Florida: when I vacationed in Florida, I came across more than a few UCF fans and chatted a few of them up. Let’s just say that they’re a bit disenchanted right now and have little confidence in coach George O’Leary. That being said, he’s a rundown of day two at Camp Zippy:
Offense: While Jawon Chisholm continued to show why he is under consideration for the top spot at running back, ripping off a couple of nice runs, there was some frustration on the part of O-linemen during drills with the defensive line. Senior Adam Bice was visibly upset at being beat on consecutive plays. DL Mike David got the best of O-lineman Micah Lio and ended up pancaking him once. No, it didn’t happen again. Junior offensive lineman Joe Petrides sprung running back Quentin Hines for a huge gain. Bowden has been vocal about wanting to get Hines in the RB rotation. Freshman cornerback Imani Davis continues to get a look on offense and showed some stuff on a reverse. He’s speedy and has game breaking speed. There were a couple issues as RB Tyler Williams dropped a couple of catchable passes. Freshman QB Steve Franco threw a couple of picks.
Defense: If I had to choose, the defense had a better day. Junior DB Sean Graves had an interception that probably would have been a pick six in a game. Freshman safety James Turner had the other interception. The defense also delivered a couple of sacks in 11-on-11 drills. Individually, many of those reading this now that I was struck by the outside speed rush of defensive lineman Albert Presley during the spring. But then I said he needed to develop a complementary move. It looks as that may have happened as it was sheer joy watching him and left tackle Jarrod Pughsley go against one another in drills. Presley used that speed and what looked like a lethal rip move to get past Pughsley on at least one occasion…DB Avis Commack and LB Kurt Mangum considered to show some skills, but had a couple of downs as well. Remember the names.
Injury update: Former quarterback and now wide receiver Zach D’Orazio won’t see full contact until at least the first game of the season and possibly longer, coach Terry Bowden said. His separated shoulder, an injury sustained during spring practice, isn’t healing the way doctors expected.